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Ruby Morton Kngwarreye

 Born:                  c. 1968 
 Region:                Central Desert NT
 Community:             Utopia, Ngkwarlerlaneme 
 Outstation:            Ngkwarlerlaneme 
 Language:              Alyawarr 
 Social Affiliation:    Kngwarreye subsection 
 Medium:                Acrylic paint on Mulga wood, material culture item 
 Subjects:              camp dog [mixed breed], grindstones and Acacia seeds, wild tobacco  



National Gallery of Victoria

Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane.

The Holmes a Court Collection, Perth.

Art Gallery of Western Australia

Art Gallery of South Australia

Art Bank Sydney

Exhibitions: Group Exhibitions:

2008 – Visions of Utopia, at Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, Sydney.

1991 – Flash Pictures, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

1990 – Utopia – A Picture Story, an exhibition of 88 works on silk from the Holmes a Court Collection by

Utopia artists touring Eire and Scotland; Balance 1990: views, visions, influences, QAG, Brisbane.

1989 – Utopia Women’s Paintings, the First Works on Canvas, A Summer Project, 1988-89, S. H. Ervin

 Gallery, Sydney.


Brody, A., 1989, Utopia Women’s Paintings: the First Works on Canvas, A Summer Project, 1988-89, exhib. cat., Heytesbury Holdings, Perth. (C) ;

Brody, A., 1990, Utopia: a Picture Story, 88 Silk Batiks from the Robert Holmes a Court Collection, Heytesbury Holdings Ltd, Perth. (C) ;

1990, Balance 1990: Views, Visions, Influences, exhib. cat., Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane. (C)

Born into an impressive artistic family in the Utopia region of the Central Desert, Ruby has learned her craft from some of the best. As the daughter of Mary Kemarre Morton and Billy Stockman Morton, art has always been in her blood as her vast array of work clearly demonstrates. Her family includes her four talented sisters, Lucky, Sarah, Audrey and Hazel – all internationally accomplished artists. Raised by a generation of indigenous artists of the 1970s, when Western craft practices and traditional Indigenous imagery were combined for the first time, Ruby Morton inherited the creative artistic gene. Ruby creates quality stunning paintings that are appreciated by art collectors. Ruby work has the physical presence of much contemporary work of art. She paints with the fascinating accuracy of intricate details and subtle shades of colour, her images seem to move with the viewer’s eyes and floats in air, giving an impression of the multi-dimensional appearance. Ruby’s uncanny sense of overall design and colour selection are distinguishing traits of her paintings. Ruby’s works are rapidly gaining well-deserved attention from astute collectors worldwide.